"With its Indian Ocean coastline and spectacular mountain location, laid-back Fujairah is a hidden Emirati gem with its own distinctive character"
Fujairah maybe one of the smaller emirates of the UAE but visitors will find that it packs a host of unforgettable holiday highlights into it's spectacular east coast location. It has it's own beautiful 70km stretch of coastline along the Gulf of Oman's almost tropical clear waters, perfect for snorkelling, watersports, fishing and diving adventures. There are miles of quiet, pristine beaches to enjoy as well as the spectacular Hajar mountains, ideal for 'wadi bashing' in a 4x4 offroad safari or exploring the multitude of historical sites and archaeological treasures preserved from the rapid change that the region has seen in modern times. In fact Fujairah allows guests a sense of true Emirati life and culture in a way that some of its more flamboyant neighbours may not, whilst at the same time offering the level of luxurious hotels and facilities that the UAE has become renowned for.
Fujairah Travel Guide
At A Glance:
The fifth largest of the seven emirates of the UAE, Fujairah's 1,450sq. km area covers a variety of diverse landscapes, from the imposing Hajar Mountains to the 70km stretch of Indian Ocean coastline on the Gulf of Oman. It is the only emirate to have a coastline solely on the east coast and shares borders with Sharjah to the west and Oman to the south.
Temperatures are kindest in the winter season between November and April a where they range between the mid-twenties to the low-thirties celsius. Rainfall is higher than the rest of the UAE due in part to the encircling mountains and also the prevailing warm easterly winds from warm Indian Ocean. It is common for residents of neighbouring Emirati states holiday in Fujairah to escape the scorching desert heat.
History & Culture
The Emirate of Fujairah sits at the mouth of a historically signficant trade route, the Wadi Ham, through the mountains to the interior and the Persian Gulf Coast. In December 1971, The Fujairah was one of the six founding members of the United Arab Emirates. Archaeological studies found evidence of human occupation and trading for at least 4,000 years. UAE culture revolves around Islam and traditional Arab culture. The influence of this can be seen in its architecture, music, dress, cuisine and lifestyle. Five times every day, Muslims are called to prayer from the minarets of mosques which are scattered around the country. Since 2006, the weekend has been Friday-Saturday, as a compromise between Friday's holiness to Muslims and the Western weekend of Saturday-Sunday.
Fujairah's Indian Ocean coastline provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy some pristine beaches and incredible clear waters. Snoopy island is a popular destination for watersports and activities and it's beautiful reefs are home to shoals of exotic marine life and if you're lucky, turtles and small sharks. there are plenty of parks and opportunities for outdoor activities and for the more adventurous there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the wadis, desert and mountains on your doorstep.
Tours & Attractions
Al Bidya Mosque is the oldest mosque in the UAE and is a fascinating and important historical site, well woth a visit. A rather more modern but no less significant site is the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the second largest in the UAE, which opened in 2014. Many locals and tourists alike head to the many Wadis (dried river beds), such as Wadi Al Hayl and Wadi Siji, which provide shade and cooler air and an escape from the higher temperatures in the summer months, as well as providing opportunities to explore the beautiful nature or go offroad 'Wadi Bashing' on a 4x4 jeep safari.
Fujairah City has a selection of great restaurants and dining facilities for all tastes and since 2000 alcohol is permitted at selected hotels and bars. It also plays host to a number of festivals and cultural events throughout the year including an International Arts Festival and the annual Maktoum Championships which promote the heritage of falconry in the region.
Traditional markets and modern malls can be found across the Emirate but particularly around Fujairah City where the flagship City Centre Fujairah Mall is home to over 100 high-street stores, entertainment centre and multiplex cinema.